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From the Kitchen: Glazed Pecans & the Perfect Cheese Platter

Everyone needs a signature dish up their sleeve.  It can be a main dish that's been in the family for generations or an infamous holiday treat that only graces the table once a year. 

These glazed pecans will become your year round pièce de résistance.  They have a sweet and salty flavor profile that balances out their nutty bitterness.  And with an amazing crunch they are the perfect foundation to a mean cheese plate. 

Read on for all the ways to use the Glazed Pecan.  

Glazed Pecans

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
2 TBS water
1 ts salt
1 pound pecans
Flakey salt such as Maldon

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Combine first 4 ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Add pecans and stir to coat then spread evenly on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle a small pinch of a flakey salt over the pecans before they cool.
  • Try not to 'sample' too many, then serve or store in an airtight container.

 

Holiday Cheese Platter

  • Start with a nutty aged cheese such as my favorite Cypress Grove's Midnight Moon.  More readily available, and no-fail options, are a sharp white cheddar or a wedge of parmesan. 
  • If you're feeding a larger group and are looking for more variety on your plate add a funky blue cheese such as Twin Sisters' Whatcom Blue
  • Add a rich cured prosciutto.
  • Don't forget an earthy jam such as Ayako and Family's Damson Plum.
  • Round out your dish with your homemade glazed pecans and a favorite cracker. 

Need more ideas to use your Glazed Pecans?  Straight from your hand for an afternoon snack.  Chopped up and added to a yogurt parfait in the morning or an ice cream sundae in the evening.  Or use them as a salad topping along with sliced apples and blue cheese crumbles in a tangy vinaigrette.

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Cheese Platter photo credit: Kate L Porter